Published On: Mon, Sep 21st, 2015

Pressure group creates sphere of shame for the refinery

oil refineryWILLEMSTAD – The Isla refinery is fiercely defensive about the negative publicity about the plant.

Refineria Isla Curaçao suggests that untruths, which are distributed in the media will ultimately lead to tourists not visiting the island.

Last week during the protest march of the pressure group Stop Isla NOW! participants stated that the refinery had lowered its emissions on that day. They also said that during the visit of the royal couple in 2013, the refinery was shut down. “This is absolutely not true. The Isla operates continuously and stably and does not increase of decrease its production irregularly. That would only influence the emissions negatively,” said Refineria Isla in their publication.

The Isla blames the unmeasured emissions on the weather, which have a big effect on emissions in the air.

The Isla further states that the pressure groups are creating a sphere of shame in the community for the refinery. The tourists are scared to come to the island, because of what they hear in the media. There is obviously a refinery here that has been operating for almost 100 years without any maintenance or investment in new technology and machineries.  “We want to make something very clear. You cannot operate a plant for a hundred years without any technology investment and thereby guarantee work of thousands and thousands of locals,” said the refinery in their press release.

Refineria Isla says that in the last thirty years, it has invested 100 million guilders per year in the maintenance of the plant. In addition, another 2.5 billion guilders are set aside for renovation projects. “We are proud that we may contribute to the maintenance of this important legacy that has immensely contributed to the economy of Curaçao.”

There are, according to Refineria Isla Curaçao advanced plans to improve the refinery, which automatically will result in a reduction of the impact the refinery has on the environment.

The refinery emphasizes that the measured emissions are not only from the Isla. “We are talking about emissions of all industries in the Schottegat area. The Isla, Asphalt Lake Recovery.  CRU / BOO and Aqualectra, boats and vehicles. It’s not the Refineria Isla alone.”

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